Girls Count Act Reintroduced!

Girls Count Act Reintroduced!

March 24, 2015By WV AdvocacyProtecting Children No Comments

Visiting a doctor; going to school; opening a bank account; owning property; getting married— all things that we generally take for granted, but things that millions will never have the opportunity to do because they lack a simple piece of paper— a birth certificate. Globally, one in three children— 230 million— under the age of … Read More

Motherhood, Loss, and Hope in Zimbabwe

February 24, 2015By Guest AuthorHealthy Moms and Kids No Comments

Guest blogger Diana Stone shares her story as a mother here in the United States, and how it helped her connect to the mothers she met on a trip she took to Zimbabwe with World Vision. Several months after I gave birth to extremely premature twin boys in 2012, who only lived a short time, my husband and I asked our doctor about having another baby. We were told it was up to us, but recommended waiting six months or perhaps until the twins’ due date had passed. She explained this would allow us time to grieve and me to heal physically…

Five Steps to Bring Justice Advocacy Training to your Church

Five Steps to Bring Justice Advocacy Training to your Church

February 19, 2015By Guest AuthorBiblical Call to Advocacy, Learn about Advocacy No Comments

Doing justice is doable…when you know how. Micah 6:8 has baffled me for years. I’ve always known its message is important to incorporate into my life, but I never understood what it means to “DO justice.” When two workshops on justice were presented by World Vision at my church recently, I attended both to learn more. The first workshop established a foundation for biblical justice, or the “why.” The second workshop on biblical advocacy explained the “how” of advocacy in tangible ways that any layperson can easily implement. Facilitated by biblical advocacy trainer and author Alexia Salvatierra, each workshop was skillfully presented…

We Invite You to Travel With Us: Come and See

February 17, 2015By WV AdvocacyEvents No Comments

With the current escalation of conflict in Iraq and Syria, the July 2013 re-launching of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and the summer 2014 conflict in Gaza, eyes are once again turned toward the Middle East. In the midst of all the horrific and heartbreaking news, many people ask, where is the good? Who are the people that are seeking to follow God’s call in the midst of such chaos? Where are the peacemakers? We know that it often feels like there are more questions than answers. And so we invite you. Come and see April 14-22.

What the President’s Budget Means for Maternal and Child Health

February 10, 2015By Lisa BosHealthy Moms and Kids No Comments

On Monday, February 2nd, President Obama released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, FY 2016. While this is just the first step in a year-long process to get a budget through Congress, the budget is meaningful in that it shows the priorities of the President and where he thinks Congress should go.

One of the areas where the President has talked positively is in the area of maternal and child health. In fact, in his State of the Union address in 2013, President Obama said that it was a priority of the United States to end preventable child deaths in the next two decades, a very exciting moment for those of us who advocate on global health issues. While this verbal commitment was a great moment, funding for maternal and child health hasn’t kept pace with what we know is needed to actually meet the commitment…

Study Shows: Congress Pays Attention to Social Media

Study Shows: Congress Pays Attention to Social Media

February 5, 2015By WV AdvocacyLearn about Advocacy 4 Comments

Last December, one senator put a hold on the Water for the World Act. We put out a call to action and you answered─ with over 300 tweets in a matter of hours! The office responded and before the Senate adjourned that evening, that Water for the World Act was on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law!

Research backs what we found to be true that day─ Congressional offices pay attention to social media.

A Citizen’s Guide to Advocacy

February 3, 2015By WV AdvocacyLearn about Advocacy 2 Comments

In January, we talked about our biblical call to advocate and seek justice. Pastor Eugene Cho shared that as Christians, we have a commitment to not just talk about justice, but to take action. However, sometimes it is difficult to know how to take the first step. We have put together A Citizen’s Guide to … Read More

Eugene Cho: Justice is Not an Accessory

Eugene Cho: Justice is Not an Accessory

January 29, 2015By Guest AuthorBiblical Call to Advocacy 6 Comments

Pastor Eugene Cho shares why as Christians we have a call to be advocates– even if we don’t like politics, and a call to seek justice– even if it comes at a cost. “I pastor a church in Seattle and what I tell my congregation is I’m not in love with politics, I don’t really like politics, but I understand that’s just part of how our systems work…politics informs policies which will ultimately impact people. People really matter to God, and as a result, we have to engage in the political process.” Click through to watch the interview.